Tap Social Movement was founded in 2016 by Paul, Amy and Tess. Having experience in a range of positions across the criminal justice system, we have all witnessed the difficulty people face when trying to turn their lives around after coming into contact with the law. There is a lack of support and assistance available to navigate complicated career pathways, and criminal records often dissuade employers from hiring otherwise eligible candidates. Many of the people we have worked with, especially those who have spent time in prison, struggle to access education, training and employment, hindering their rehabilitation, and drawing them back into a life of crime. But having worked closely with many people who have been through the system we know that there is so much talent and potential that is going to waste. Tap Social Movement was founded in an attempt to stop this vicious cycle by providing opportunities which set people up for long-term fulfilling employment.
Whilst we all have different experience and qualifications (Paul is an independent criminal barrister and university tutor; Amy is currently undertaking doctoral research in criminology and Tess is a bachelor of commerce grad with craft beer bar and retail management experience who worked as a counsellor securing Canadian pardons for ex-offenders), we share a passion for social justice and wanted to create a space where people from all walks of life come together to share skills and talent, exchange ideas and experiences and create new opportunity, particularly for those people who have had contact with the criminal justice system. We all had a keen interest in craft beer and had been homebrewing, and with Tess’s industry knowledge, we realised that the rapidly growing craft beer industry presented a really exciting opportunity to create something huge. Craft brewing is a young, social and vibrant industry in which people are proud to be involved; it involves practical but skilled work; and it requires technical, transferable and highly marketable skills. Speaking to as many breweries as we could confirmed our idea: brewers are the most helpful, open-minded and awesome people and we couldn’t imagine a better environment to begin breaking down barriers and creating something new and exciting. When we first pitched the idea to the prisons, we were really excited by how receptive they were to it – there is a real need for new employment and training opportunities for people who are in custody.
We bought a 1000L brewery, got a premises in an amazing location in Oxford and were joined by Jason, an award-winning brewer from the US and long-time friend Matt, an economist and spreadsheet wizard. And most importantly, they share our passion for great beer and social justice.
And off we went!
Jason started developing awesome recipes including American pale ale Goodsize eh?, Grebe’s Procession, a roasty oatmeal stout, and some exciting sours like our Bleeding Heart Numbskull series. We developed our brand around beautiful prisoner artwork that needed a platform. And we spent several months transforming our space from a disused industrial unit to a brewery and welcoming community space.
Criminally good beer. Expertly brewed in Oxford and delivered to your door. Free local delivery and free shipping on all website orders over £60.
Tap Social, Unit 27 Curtis Industrial Estate, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford. OX2 0LX
The White House, 38 Abingdon Road, Oxford. OX1 4PD
Reopening the Botley taproom from Thursday April 15. Join us every Thursday from 5-11pm, Friday from 4-midnight and Saturday from 2-midnight for craft beer made on site, tasty street food from local food trucks and live music from some of our favourite DJs.
Bookings highly recommended – please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, time and date that you’d like to join us, and number of people in your group.
The White House
The White House by Tap Social cafe bar + kitchen on Abingdon Road, Oxford. We will be open for all-day dining, coffee and drinks. In the meantime, please come and visit our horsebox for take away coffee, doughnuts and cakes, and lunches.
FRIDAY: 8:30am-3pm (lunch served 11am-3pm)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 9:30am-3pm (lunch served 11am-3pm)